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The tables below offer information about Mississippi agriculture from the general agricultural groups to the more specific commodities or products. The ranking assigned to a given commodity is based on the commodity's cash receipts; how much money it made.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004

As you can see from the table below, Mississippi ranks 26th among the states for total agricultural production.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 4,089,158 100.0% 26
Livestock & livestock products 2,712,153 66.3% 17
Crops 1,377,005 33.7% 25
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Mississippi's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

This table lists Mississippi's top commodities in each of Mississippi's two agriculutural groups, livestock and crops.

Mississippi's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Broilers (9-12 week old chickens) 47.2% Cotton 12.9%
Aquaculture 6.8% Soybeans 9.6%
Cattle and calves 4.8% Corn for grain 3.5%
Chicken eggs 4.2% Rice 3.2%
Dairy products 1.5% Sweet potatoes 1.2%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

The most important livestock commodity produced in Mississippi is the broiler. It accounts for almost 1/2 of Mississippi's total agricultural production. Other important livestock products are aquaculture and cattle and calves..

The most valuable crops of Mississippi are cotton and soybeans. Grain corn and rice are also important. Among the states, Mississippi is a leading producer of sweet potatoes.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

This table offers a more complete view of the most important agricultural products of Mississippi.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1. Broilers (9-12 week old chickens) 1,930,412 14.2%
2. Cotton 526,497 12.9%
3. Soybeans 393,188 9.6%
4. Aquaculture 276,971 6.8%
5. Cattle and calves 196,129 4.8%
6. Chicken eggs 172,166 4.2%
7. Corn for grain 142,588 3.5%
8. Rice 130,432 3.2%
9. Dairy products 63,336 1.5%
10. Hogs 54,331 1.3%
11. Sweet potatoes 50,813 1.2%
12. Greenhouse/nursery 45,424 1.1%
13. Wheat 24,581 0.6%
14. Hay 21,290 0.5%
15. Farm chickens 4,910 0.1%
16. Sorghum grain 4,770 0.1%
17. Waternmelons 3,213 0.1%
18. Pecans 1,150 Less than 0.1%
19. Honey 936 Less than 0.1%
Wool *    
* Commodities at the bottom of the above ranked list of commodities and having no accompanying data would have appeared within the ranked list of leading commodities, but were excluded to avoid disclosure of confidential information about individual producers.
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

The 2004 table above contains information about Mississippi agricultural production provided by the Economic Research Service at the United States Department of Agriculture.

The first column of the table lists the product (commodity).

The second column of the table lists a number representing the dollar value of the product. This number is not the dollar value of the product. This number represents the dollar value of the product in thousands of dollars. For example, the number listed for the value of broilers produced in Mississippi is 1,930,412. This number represents a dollar value of $1,930,412,000 (1,930,412 x 1,000): one billion, nine hundred and thirty million, four hundred and twelve thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Mississippi. For example, broilers account for 14.2% of Mississippi's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the production of broilers make up less than 1/6 of Mississippi's total agricultural production.

National ranking highlights - 2004

  • Ranks first in aquaculture (31% of U.S. production); primarily farm-raised catfish and some hybrid striped bass.

Mississippi farms and farmland - 2004

Because of different rounding methods (e.g., farm acres given by the National Argriculture Statistics Service), percentage of farmland per state should be considered a rough estimate.

Mississippi farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
42,200 11,056,400 37% 262
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service


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